SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored five of his 26 points in overtime when Milwaukee played all but the final 12 seconds without Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 141-140 on Wednesday night.
Bledsoe added 13 assists and 12 rebounds to help the Bucks to their sixth straight win. Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points, including a 3-pointer late in overtime, while Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points apiece.
Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 47-14. It’s the Bucks best reord since finishing the 2000-01 season 52-30.
Antetokounmpo scored 17 points and made a pair of key baskets for Milwaukee late in the fourth quarter but spent nearly all of overtime on the bench with a grey towel wrapped around his shoulders in his first game back from a sore knee. He came back with 11.8 seconds remaining and made three inbounds passes but did not take a shot.
Milwaukee led by 17 midway through the third but was outscored 12-4 over the final 3 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Kings had the ball with 11.4 seconds left in regulation but failed to get off a shot. De’Aaron Fox took the inbounds but had the ball knocked away by Bledsoe as time ran out.
Sacramento rookie Marvin Bagley III departed with a left knee strain. The second overall pick in the draft, Bagley appeared to bang knees with Brogdon while trying to go around a screen. Bagley lay on the court for several moments before being helped to his feet and taken to the locker room.
Bucks: Milwaukee has won nine straight road games. . Bledsoe scored eight points in the fourth quarter after putting up 13 through the first three. . Milwaukee made six 3s in the first quarter, three from Brogdon.
Kings: Bagley will undergo an MRI on Thursday. He finished with nine points and seven rebounds. . Fox made one of the game’s biggest defensive plays when he blocked Bledsoe’s layup late in the fourth quarter and sent the Bucks guard crashing to the floor.
Bucks: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.
Kings: Host the Clippers on Friday.